Stayed in November 2011. Best to check in before dark, only because it might be a little hard to find at night , the first time. Once you get there, you should have no problems locating. It is not far from the main hwy11, but it is in a rural area with houses hidden by rain forest and set back from the roads. There is a sign at their driveway, and yes, there really is a B&B down that jungle road. It is flat and fine w/2wheel drive. Signs point to the check-in house and if the owner is not in the check in house, she provides a basket with room key, site map, flashlights, phone numbers to contact her when you arrive are provided. She is often working on the farm somewhere and keeps her cell phone with her (Bonnie). There are umbrellas and rain jackets there if you need to borrow. If a small cattle dog shows up barking that would be Heena (she alerts Bonnie if gets arrive, she is very friendly).
We stayed in Olapa 2, which has its own bathroom right outside the room. All doors lock & have keys. Olapa 1 is adjacent & had two twin bed & a bathroom in its room. Olapa 3 was on the other side of the main living area, it was the nicest of the 3 rooms in the house, w/king? bed and bathroom in the room. Our room had a queen bed w/nice high TC sheets, and a thick quality memory foam topper (cushy); we had a TV and racks for our luggage. The separate bath was just fine, w/tub & shower & yes door can be locked. Bonnie provided a oil radiator heater in our room and a vortex space heater in the bathroom, Other reviewers indicated that it could feel chilly & damp if you leave windows open and get back from the park later, so we closed windows before we went for the evening park & volcano-glow viewing at Jagger museum (no flowing lava this trip). When we got back we put on the space heaters and that quickly took out the damp feeling (it is a rain forest folks). Our first night , thankfully after the park visit, it poored like a monsoon and we could see the palms and rain right out of our windows. The Olapa house has a full kitchen fridge, microwave and stove w/plates, cups and flatware although you are supposed to clean up after yourself if you use these. We stored leftovers from a few places. A basket of microwave popcorn packets sat on the counter for use by all visitors. A couple from australia was staying there and we traded tips. Breakfast and snacks were available 24/7 in a separate stand-alone pavillion on the property a short walk away. In the same building was a maintained hot tub (we ran out of time and never used, but did check it out). Juice, milk, cereals, bread, sweetbreads (cinnamen bread), papaya, pineapple (fruit grown on site), peanut butter, butter, jams cream cheese, were all available. Several tables & chairs to accommodate all the guests as well. There is not sit down cooked breakfast here. This was fine with us - and we were not stuck to a schedule. The property is vert quirky/eclectic. The owners acquired it as land in the 70's and have built the farm and buildings in stages over the years. It was an experience in itself and like staying in a botanical garden. The farm has ducks and mini cows called Dexters, so if you hear mooo-ing, that's why. It is about 15 min drive to the Volcano Park. Several restaurants are nearby. We were still chowing on leftovers from Hawaiian Style Cafe in Waimea, so did not try anything local except Lemongrass in Keahou off route 11 (decent pad thai, big big bowls of soup, ok fair, very reasonable price). We really liked the Volcano Guest House and would stay here again. We stayed two nights in Olapa2. We moved to Arnotts Lodge (servicable but spartan) in Hilo for the Mauna Kea Summit adventure tour on night 3, only because it gets back to Hilo at 9pm and we did not want to drive an hour back to Volcano area in the dark and possible rain (November is beginning of the rainy season & it's dark by 6pm),
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Volcano Guest House is 12 acres of high-altitude tropical rainforest and farm, with three cottages, two apartments, and two big houses that rent whole or by the bedroom. Ten minutes from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, perfectly placed eco-accommodations to enjoy the wonders of an active volcano, and the native environments in this International Biosphere Reserve. Line-dried linens, solar-assisted hot water, free breakfast/snacks 24/7. ... more less